December 21, 2014

Southport, CT: Fairfield Officials Agree to Restore Funding to Pequot Library

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On April 4, 2013 we posted, “Pequot Library Has 100% of Their Public Funding Cut, Might Be Forced to Close”.

Now, an update with some good news.

From News 12 Connecticut:

Town of Fairfield officials have agreed to restore funding to the Pequot Library.

At a meeting Monday night, officials voted 42 to 2 to add the library’s operating costs to the town budget. The Fairfield Board of Finance voted earlier this month to cut its funding.

More From the Fairfield Citizen:

A $350,000 town allocation for the Pequot Library was restored to the proposed 2013-14 budget with overwhelming Representative Town Meeting support Monday night, but that may not be the final chapter in the funding drama for the privately run Southport institution.

[Our emphasis] Although the legislative body, on a 43-4 vote, restored the full amount cut earlier this month by the Board of Finance, RTM Minority Leader Hal Schwartz, D-7, warned that he plans to propose that figure be reduced by $100,000 at the May 6 budget meeting.

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Although a “public association” library run by a private board of trustees, the Pequot has for decades received funding from the town toward its annual budget and has traditionally closely collaborated on programs with the Fairfield Public Library branches.

Much More in the Complete Story

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